NCAA® Division I softball candidates announced for 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
February 15, 2012
OVERLAND PARK, KS – Thirty NCAA® softball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The 2012 candidate class includes six CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans from last season and 12 student-athletes with cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. Three candidates were Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association first-team All-Americans in 2011, 13 candidates are on teams ranked in the ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason top 25, and five participated in last year’s NCAA Women’s College World Series®.
Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Women’s College World Series, which will be held May 31-June 6 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I head coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
Softball 2012 Candidates
|Valerie Arioto||Pitcher/First Base||California|
|Gracie Barstad||Third Base||Western Michigan|
|Emily Bledsoe||Infield||Texas Tech|
|Katelyn Boyd||Shortstop||Arizona State|
|Ashley Burnham||Shortstop||James Madison|
|Molly Coldren||Infield||Central Michigan|
|Kacee Cox||Catcher/1B||St. John’s|
|Mallory Duran-Sellers||Outfielder||Southern Illinois|
|Julie Fernandez||First Base||Lehigh|
|Michelle Fuzzard||Pitcher/Designated Player||Chattanooga|
|Chelsea Garcia||Shortstop||Oklahoma State|
|Ashley Hansen||Short Stop||Stanford|
|Shayla Jackson||Outfield||Florida State|
|Natalie Land||Shortstop||Central Florida|
|Ashley McClain||OF/P||Florida International|
|Adrienne Monka||First Base||Northwestern|
|Michelle Moultrie||Center Field||Florida|
|Cassie Reilly-Boccia||Outfield/First Base||Alabama|